US News Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd, killing 1 person, injuring 22

05:30  19 may  2017
05:30  19 may  2017 Source:   Reuters

New York driver suspect was 'hearing voices'

  New York driver suspect was 'hearing voices' The Navy veteran suspected of driving his car into pedestrians in New York reportedly told police he had been hearing voices at the time.  Richard Rojas, 26, is accused of steering his car onto the pavement in the heart of Times Square, driving for three blocks and hitting 23 pedestrians along the way. One of them - a teenager - died.He then walked from the vehicle waving his arms before being tackled by members of the public, including a ticket seller and a security guard at a Planet Hollywood restaurant.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy veteran ploughed his car into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people. The city's mayor said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism. Witnesses said the motorist mounted

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd , killing one person , injuring 22 - A U. S. Navy veteran plowed his car into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people.

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A U.S. Navy veteran slammed his car into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people. The city's mayor said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd, killing 1 person, injuring 22

  Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd, killing 1 person, injuring 22 <p>A U.S. Navy veteran slammed his car into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people.</p>Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the car hit a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

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Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the car hit a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

Police who took the driver into custody identified him as Richard Rojas, 26, of the New York City borough of the Bronx. They said he had been arrested twice for drunken driving in 2008 and 2015, and once earlier this month for menacing.

There was no indication it was an act of terrorism, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference at the scene.

Initial reports of the incident brought to mind vehicle attacks on pedestrians in recent months in Britain, France, Germany, Israel and Sweden.

Security camera footage showed the car slam into pedestrians who moments earlier were ambling along, some carrying shopping bags and others pushing baby strollers.

Victim ID'd in NYC's Times Square fatal car wreck

  Victim ID'd in NYC's Times Square fatal car wreck Alyssa Elsman, 18, died after being struck by Richard Rojas who's accused of driving his car through a crowd through tourist areaElsman's 13-year-old sister was among 22 others who were injured. CBS affiliate WWMT-TV in West Michigan reports her name is Ava.

A speeding car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's busy Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring at least 12, and police said the incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism, witnesses, police and news media said.

NEW YORK A U.S. Navy veteran slammed his car into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people. The city's mayor said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a

The incident took place close to noon ET (1600 GMT) on a bright, sunny day.

"People were being hit and rolling off the car," said Josh Duboff, who works at the nearby Thomson Reuters headquarters. He leapt out of the way to avoid being struck.

A woman's body lay covered with a bloodstained blanket. A police officer kept vigil nearby, sadly shaking his head. Shoes were scattered on the sidewalk.

Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them tourists from around the world, pass daily through Times Square, the heart of the Broadway theater district.

The bustling streets are heavily patrolled by police, some on horseback. Many, but not all, sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle attacks.

A bouncer from the Planet Hollywood restaurant and a ticket agent were among onlookers who helped police subdue the suspect when he tried to flee the scene, media reports said.

Accused Times Square Crash Driver Charged With Murder

  Accused Times Square Crash Driver Charged With Murder The driver accused of plowing his car through a busy Times Square sidewalk was charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder, the New York Police Department said.Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old Bronx resident, was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on Friday and charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder. His attorney, Enrico DeMarco, didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd , killing one person , injuring 22 . The crash occurred outside the headquarters of the Reuters news agency, 3 Times Square . Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal.

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd , killing one person , injuring 22 . The crash occurred outside the headquarters of the Reuters news agency, 3 Times Square . Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal.

Broadway shows would go ahead as planned on Thursday evening in the many local theaters, organizers said in a statement.

'MOWED EVERYONE DOWN'

U.S. Navy records show Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in Illinois and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice.

He was arrested a year later at a naval base in Jacksonville, Florida, where officials said he attacked a cab driver, shouted "my life is over," and threatened to kill police, according to court records. Rojas was charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting an officer without violence, but it was unclear how the case was resolved.

U.S. Navy records show he spent two months in a military prison in Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 2013, but did not say why. He left the Navy in May 2014.

After Thursday's incident, authorities cordoned off an area from 41st to 47th streets and from 6th to 8th avenues for several hours, effectively shutting down one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world.

The crash occurred near the headquarters of the Reuters news agency, 3 Times Square. Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal. He said he looked out and saw what appeared to be a body in the street.

Accused Times Square Crash Driver Charged With Murder

  Accused Times Square Crash Driver Charged With Murder The driver accused of plowing his car through a busy Times Square sidewalk was charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder, the New York Police Department said.Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old Bronx resident, was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on Friday and charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder. His attorney, Enrico DeMarco, didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd , killing one person , injuring 22 . Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old driver in custody for slamming into Times Square and killing one pedestrian had an absolutely insane look on his …

Motorist crashes into Times Square crowd , killing one person , injuring 22 . Car mows down Times Square pedestrians for blocks, killing 1 . Victims had no time to react and scramble for safety in crowded Times Square , said Alpha Balde, a sightseeing-ticket seller.

One of the injured, Cheryl Howard, had blood dripping down her right arm and a bruise above her left eye. She and her daughter were shopping when the car sped toward them.


"I'm so freaked out!" Howard's daughter said. "They mowed everyone down."

One injured woman had a large open wound on her leg.

Times Square was evacuated in May 2010 when a car bomb that failed to explode was found in an SUV. Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American and Taliban-trained militant, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Six months ago the city completed a $55 million, nearly six-year renovation of Times Square that turned roadways into pedestrian zones. It aimed to improve traffic congestion and safety, but not all sidewalks were fitted with safety bollards or barriers to vehicles.

(Additional reporting by Daniel Bases, Andrew Chung, Grant McCool, Jonathan Spicer, Barbara Goldberg, Joseph Ax, Hilary Russ, Peter Szekely, Letitia Stein, Colleen Jenkins and Emily Flitter; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Howard Goller)





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